Cowgirl Basketball Holds On For Victory, 68-60, Over Maryville

Dec. 10, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming basketball team got back on track with a 68-60 victory over the Maryville Saints on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls are now 2-6 overall while Maryville drops to 2-5 overall.

Three players finished the night in double-figures led by freshman Kayla Woodward. She recorded a team high 15 points along with eight rebounds. Ashley Sickles recorded her eighth double-figure scoring game with 14 points, while Kaitlyn Mileto chipped in 11 points and six boards. Junior Chaundra Sewell finished with a game high 11 rebounds, nine points and six assists. Wyoming shot 19-57 (.333) from the field and 27-43 (.628) from the charity stripe.

"We got a win which is important for this group," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We juggled the line-up today and I thought we would get more energy in the game. We put Kaylee and Alison in the starting line-up and they did do a good job, but we still found ourselves down 14-4 to begin the game. We had tremendous effort, we just couldn't convert. Maryville also came out and shot it extremely well and we had to make some adjustments. We had to take Miller out from shooting three's and Kayla Woodward came in and gave us a big lift off the bench."

Maryville was led by Abby Duethman with 16 points and ten rebounds. Kate Childs added 11 points followed by Shelby Miller with ten points and eight rebounds. The Saints shot 20-60 (.333) from the field and 13-15 (.867) from the free throw line.

The two teams traded the first couple of baskets to begin the game. With the score 4-4, Maryville ran off ten straight points to go up 14-4 through the first media timeout. Free throws from Alison Gorrel ended a four minute drought by Wyoming at the 14:57 mark. That would start a 7-0 run for the Cowgirls to bring them to within three, 14-11. Unfortunately, the Saints scored another ten points to giving them a double-figure lead, 24-11. The Cowgirls continued to battle and closed the gap to six, 27-21, with 4:10 left in the half. Free throws and a layup from Woodward made it a two point game, 27-25. A three-point field goal by Abby Duethman of Marvyille ended a six minute drought for the Saints to put them ahead by five, 30-25. Wyoming would close out the half scoring five of seven to go into the lockerroom down two, 32-30.

The Cowgirls came out and scored the first four points to take their first lead of the game 34-32. Maryville responded with a 5-2 run to go up one, 37-36. Five straight points from Wyoming made their lead four, 41-37, with 17 minutes to go in the game. They would extend their advantage to double-figures, 53-41, with a 12-4 run. The Saints closed the gap to nine, 55-47, but four straight free throws from UW returned the lead back to 12, 59-47. Maryville wouldn't go down without a fight as they went on an 11-3 run over the next four minutes to pull within four, 62-58, with 2:19 remaining. The Cowgirls hit six of eight free throws down the stretch to take the 68-60 win.

Wyoming will be on the road for the next two games. They will face the Weber State Wildcats, on Thursday, Dec. 15, and the Idaho Vandals on Sunday, Dec. 18.